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Weekly Roundup: April 10 – April 16

Jen McCaffrey (@JCMcCaffrey) of The Athletic details the frigid atmosphere of the Red Sox-Orioles game at Fenway Park in the middle of April.

Jamie Ross (@JamieRossTO) of The Globe and Mail explains how junior hockey taught him lessons as he grew up.

Zak Keefer (@ZKeefer) of The Indianapolis Star profiles Sugar Ray Seales and explains why he still needs boxing in his life.

Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) of Sports Illustrated eulogizes William Nack and looks at the impact he had on the journalism industry.

Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) of The Athletic dives into the mystery surrounding Shohei Ohtani and why he has the potential to be special.

Roxanne Roberts (@_RoxanneRoberts) of The Washington Post explains how Cal Ripken Jr. is moving on in his life, both literally and figuratively.

Derrick Goold (@DGoold) of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch details what it’s like to live the life of a minor league baseball player.

Weekly Roundup: March 27 – April 9

Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) explains how two former colleagues came together again at the 2018 Men’s Final Four.

Greg Cote (@GregCote) of the Miami Herald details Dave Shula’s journey back back to the sidelines after 21 years away from them.

Tim Layden (@SITimLayden) of Sports Illustrated explains why Tiger Woods wasn’t ready to win the Masters this year.

Mina Kimes (@MinaKimes) of ESPN profiles Luka Doncic on his journey to the NBA as a basketball prodigy from Europe.

Stephanie Apstein (@StephApstein) of Sports Illustrated details how Tiger Woods is stuck between being a role model while maintaining his status as a star.

Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) of The Athletic takes a deep dive into the Arizona State football program and how they’re changing the leadership model of college football.

Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) explains how the tragic bus crash that killed 15 hockey players for the Humboldt Broncos has hit home with families across the world of sports.

Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) of Golf Magazine describes the complex feelings that encompassed Patrick Reed’s family as he won the Masters.

Kevin Clark (@ByKevinClark) of The Ringer explains how we criticize quarterback prospects for having attributes that current star quarterbacks possess.

Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) of ESPN explains how Penn State put on a show during this year’s pre-draft workouts.

Postcard from San Antonio: In Search of Answers, Including My Own

My week in San Antonio could not have gone any faster. It seems like just yesterday I arrived in the Alamo city, a serene town that was still days away from being the center of the basketball universe.

I awoke Tuesday morning, hardly able to believe that just the night before I had reported on the NCAA national championship game.

What a ride.

When team media availability kicked of Thursday, I still felt like a fish out of water. Every few minutes I would bump into a writer who had been covering the Final Four much longer than I had been alive. This was rather intimidating and took awhile to wrap my brain around.

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Postcard from San Antonio: Covering Their Dreams While Living Mine

I am sitting in my hotel room the day after the national championship and the day before the end of what’s been an amazing journey. And I remembered that as I was writing about other college students living their dream, I was living my own.

I think I realized that when interviewing Loyola’s Clayton Custer and Ben Richardson for a story that described how they had been friends since third grade. It was my favorite story of the weekend.

Growing up in Indianapolis you learn to love racing and basketball, and I have loved both equally. I grew up trying — and for the most part, failing — to make baskets and pretend to win championships. I was also reading Robin Miller and thinking it was cool that he was able to go to races for a living. Later on, I would begin to read John Oreovicz and think the same thing. The thought of being able to watch sports as a job seemed like a dream. If you can do that, where do I sign up? It has dawned on me. I have signed up.

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Audio: Charles Pierce Enters the USBWA Hall of Fame

Photo Credit: USBWA

Political commentator Charles Pierce, who began his career writing about sports, entered the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame on Monday afternoon during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.